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Students in the Philosophy major will learn to ask basic questions about the human condition and explores answers through rigorous intellectual investigation. They will study both historical and contemporary approaches to questions about how to live well, how knowledge is possible, how to relate faith and reason, and the basic ontological structure of the universe.


Philosophy has historically played a central role in the intellectual formation of students, in providing powerful resources for elaborating and defending the Christian faith, and preparing students to integrate faith and reason. Housed within the Politics, Philosophy and Economics program, The King’s College Philosophy major builds on the role that philosophy already plays in the College’s PPE-centered Common Core.

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from King’s provides outstanding preparation for students who wish to pursue any number of postgraduate degrees, including law school. It also develops strong critical thinking and evaluative skills that are in high demand in the job market.

New York City is home to several major universities that support some of the most prestigious philosophy programs in the world, providing excellent opportunities for engagement with the resources of a dynamic local philosophical community. As a result, students and faculty in Philosophy at The King’s College are well positioned to contribute to and gain from that milieu while representing the truths of Christianity and a biblical worldview.

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The Philosophy major at King’s features a number of distinctive elements, including emphases on the Western historical tradition, Christian commitment and integration, and interdisciplinarity.

Philosophy majors take five courses in the history of philosophy, giving them a secure foundation for their courses on contemporary philosophical topics. All philosophy courses at King’s are conducted in a way that intentionally encourages the formation of Christian faith and its intellectual integration with other academic disciplines. By requiring courses in Economics, Politics, and Religion, the major encourages in students a far more robust conception of the world than philosophy alone can provide, and helps them to more fully integrate their reflections on Christian faith and character with the world beyond their intellect.


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Celina Durgin (’15)
M.A. Philosophy, Notre Dame

“Almost every class I took at King’s taught me how to be a clearer, more organized writer and thinker,” Celina Durgin says. “Dr. Johnson taught me that it wasn’t silly to want to seek knowledge and truth with your whole being and in your whole life, rather than as some rarefied, removed pursuit.” After graduating from King’s, Celina was an editorial fellow at National Review and a junior editor at First Things. She then began the University of Notre Dame’s rigorous graduate program in philosophy, where she worked as a graduate teaching assistant, leading debate and writing workshops and individually tutoring students.